Mom posts picture of her toddler sitting on Santa’s lap; when people see the toddler’s hands, the photo goes viral

She's posted it for years, but this year it got extra attention.

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  • Twelve years ago, Kerry Spencer took a photo of her little boy with Santa at Provo Towne Centre Mall in Utah. This year, when she posted it on Twitter, it went viral for one hilarious reason.

  • If the skeptical sideways glance wasn't a big enough giveaway, the toddler's hands are touching in an unusual way. Spencer explains why in her tweet, "We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for 'help.' You're welcome."

  • Although it's tradition for Spencer to post this photo every year, this year it went viral with over 7,000 retweets and over 28,000 likes. And after commenters mentioned that Spencer's son was doing the sign wrong, she tweeted out how to do the correct "help" sign (along with a reminder that he was one at the time).

  • And because there are never too many photos of Santa scaring kids, here are a few more:

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Amberlee is the content manager for and earned a degree in journalism. She creates beautiful things with her experience in writing, graphic design, photography, video and music. She loves her family, the outdoors, baby foxes and podcasts.


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